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Ricardo Solano Jr.

New Jersey
1 Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102-5311
Tel: 973.877.6421
Fax: 973.877.6422
New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1121
Fax: 212.373.7921

Ricardo Solano represents individuals and corporations in the healthcare, financial, construction, and other industries in matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, false claims, violations of FDA regulations, tax evasion, and money laundering. These matters involve federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities and are often accompanied by parallel civil or regulatory proceedings. Mr. Solano also assists companies in the healthcare and other industries in connection with confidential internal investigations.

Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Mr. Solano served as First Assistant Attorney General of the State of New Jersey from 2008 to 2010, the State's second highest-ranking prosecutor, where he was responsible for oversight of the Divisions of Criminal Justice, Law, Consumer Affairs, and Gaming Enforcement. He also previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecuted cases involving violations of federal anti-corruption and bribery statutes, mail fraud, tax evasion, export control law violations, pharmaceutical and other product diversion schemes, and cyberstalking. He also served in the Appeals Division, arguing criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Each year since 2018, Mr. Solano has been selected to Chambers & Partners' list of ranked lawyers in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New Jersey category of the Chambers USA guide. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. (No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.)

Because of the nature of Mr. Solano’s work, many of his most successful matters have not resulted in public charges and remain confidential.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in connection with the year-long task force investigation being conducted by Governor Phil Murphy as well as an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General.

  • Representation of the former chief compliance officer of a health care provider in connection with parallel criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and state authorities into alleged fraudulent billing.
  • Representation of a major financial services company in a five-month jury trial defending against claims of civil RICO, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition totaling $1 billion. The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ civil RICO claims after the close of evidence and the case settled favorably while the jury was deliberating. 

  • Representation of former employees of a major pharmaceutical company that is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its marketing and promotional practices for its leading drug.
  • Representation of a blood testing laboratory in defense of litigation brought by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey alleging improper billing for testing services. The matter includes a claim alleging violation of New Jersey's insurance fraud statute.
  • Representation of assisted living facilities in New Jersey in connection with multiple internal investigations regarding allegations of overbilling for patient services.
  • Representation of a former executive of a pharmaceutical company in a civil action asserting claims of civil RICO and breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Representation of a senior pharmaceutical industry executive in connection with investigations by Greek authorities, the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Justice into alleged anti-kickback and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. 
  • Representation of individuals in the financial services industry in connection with FINRA investigations and informal inquiries.

Outside the Office

Mr. Solano is an active and prominent member of the New Jersey legal community. He serves as Secretary for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and a Trustee for the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. He has taught, as an adjunct professor, a seminar on criminal sentencing at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Fast Facts


Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (1998)

New York University, B.A. (1995)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and District of New Jersey

State of New Jersey

State of New York

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits


The Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz, New Jersey Supreme Court

Law Review and Publications

Editor, Seton Hall Law Review

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